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External Hard Drive crashes explorer

Question: External Hard Drive crashes explorer

Lately windows explorer has been crashing every time I turn on my external hard drive. And since then I also seem to have lost all my cookie information since I now have to reapply my passwords. I have created a log using VistaForums SysInfo but I really don't know what information I should provide the forum with to solve this problem. I was using a program that searches for duplicate files when the crash happened. Also as soon as I turn off the external Hard Drive explorer seems to work fine and I am always being asked to format the external hard drive.

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Answer: External Hard Drive crashes explorer

You obvioiusly have a virus what virus or spyware protection do you have?

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1TB external hard drive is spinning when turned on, however my laptop is not registering the HD properly- previously it would come up with the hard drive name (G: VERBATIM) however now it just says G: Local Disk and comes up with the error message "One of the USB devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned and Windows does not recognise it".

It emits a tone when the HD is removed so obviously it is acknowledging the device, and it does still work, but it just isn't opening at all. Whenever I go into Windows Explorer and attempt to access the drive (or even just right click on the drive) Explorer freezes and I have to reboot.

I am running Vista Home Premium SP2, however the same problem is occurring on an XP laptop. Ideally I don't want to lose what's on the HD, there's about 400GB worth. Much of this is .avi's though, which going by other threads could be a factor?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Answer:Windows Explorer crashes when external hard drive is attached/accessed

Hi,

Normally in this situation I would recommend that you went into the Device Manager console and tried to uninstall then re-install the driver for the hard drive; but since you experience this on another machine as well it seems as though there are one of two possible causes - either the filesystem may have become corrupt to some extent, or the PCB in the external enclosure has developed some sort of fault. I would say try and take out the hard drive if possible (and if you don't mind potentially voiding any warranty that may remain), and install it either in an available desktop or another external enclosure and see whether or not you can access your data. If you cannot I would say the cause is the former unfortunately.

Hope this helps.


Regards,

Jon.

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Hey there,
I was wondering if any of you could help me with a little problem. I just changed computers, and copied all of my files from XP onto an external hard-drive. When I plugged this HDD into Vista I could open the hard-drive it's self but not the "Freecom Sync" briefcase which contained all of the files on the hard-drive.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.
 

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[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes
The thread is rather long. Only read what you think important. Skip the rest!

We have a serious but mysterious problem. We have spent already one week but drawing a blank.
Two hard drives have been crashed and failed (unreadable). One computer has hung a few times unexpectedly and had one weird restart (no memory dump produced).
I suspect all the recent problems have to do with the new USB external hard disk (Buffalo MiniStation Lite: HD-PE250U2).

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Formatting USB external hard disk
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Originally I would like to use the program given by Buffalo to format the external drive once but we failed. We simply used Windows to reformat the drive into NTFS. I did not use the TurboSpeed advertised by Buffalo, or run its free program.

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Case A: Multi-transfer causes system crashes?
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The first time we met the problem.
We were trying to help a friend to backup data on an old drive, about a few years old. We plugged in the Buffalo USB portable hard drive and transferred a whole lot of files to the drive. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active at that time. The whole system completely froze up. It doesn't respond at all. Only a hard restart could help.
Restarted. Tranferred again. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active.
Hard drive crashed - the beginning of the nightmare!
Windows restarted. Chkdsk was running. Saw many lines of messages with:
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Answer:[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes

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I got errors from Google that my computer had a virus but nothing I ran could find a virus, then the machine would not boot. It would get to point about the time windows tried to load and hit a blue screen. When it rebooted it would ask if I wanted to boot normal or safe mode and then start the whole fail blue screen over. I tried taking the drive out and connecting to my other machines as an external hard drive. When the drive connects to my other machines it brings the other machines down hard - blue screen exactly as if I had tried to boot on the original machine.

The goal is to get the files off the bad drive. I was just shocked that connecting it to my laptop or my other desktop took those machines down just like I was trying to boot the bad drive from the original machine. I am open to suggestions on recovery of any kind.

The original machine is a Dell XPS 8300 Intel Core i5-2320 processor Windows 7 64 bit
The drive is a Seagate 1 Tb 7200.12
The machines I tried to connect faulty drive to as external hard drive were both Win 7 64.
The external hard drive bay is Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive

Thank you

Answer:Hard Drive Crash - Trying to connect as external drive crashes all

There may be a couple of vectors to the virus. One for the boot sequence, another as an autorun in its root folder. I would try usb tethering the drive to a machine on which autorun or autoplay is completely turned off (as in, no exploration), or maybe better, run a Linux live session off a usb stick or dvd. I recommend LinuxLite.

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i have a wd external hard drive and have been using it for 6 months but now every time i plug it in my computer performs a crash dump showing a blue screen and then restarts please help all my files are on it
 

Answer:external hard drive crashes laptop

Firstly I would connect the external to a desktop computer to see if it works well there. If it does, I would copy all the critical files to removable media.

Also if you have access to another Exteranl drive try it on your computer to either rule out the computer as the problem or the external drive. It could also be as simple as a bad USB Cable.
 

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I have a Toshiba 2TB Canvio USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive, it was working yesterday but I am now having problems with accessing it today.
I connected it today and in my computer it shows up as Local Disk (G:), when I click onto it to try and access it file explorer crashes and only sorts itself out when the drive is unplugged.
I tried uninstalling the driving and had no luck with it, can't access anything that involves the hard drive to format it either

Is there anything else I can try?

Answer:External Hard-drive crashes when i try to access it

Hello and welcome to the Tenforums!

Interesting problem. I, too, have the same external drive but when plugged into my USB3 port it shows up as TOSHIBA EXT (E: ).

This suggests to me that your registry has got corrupted in some way because it should not be showing up as a Local Disk. Can you check how it appears in Disk Management (right click on the start button to access this)?

To restore your registry the simplest way would be to restore your system to a restore point before this happened, but that all depends upon whether you set up W10 to create restore points or not. Hopefully you did.

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I have a Toshiba 2TB Canvio USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive, it was working yesterday but I am now having problems with accessing it today.
I connected it today and in my computer it shows up as Local Disk (G:), when I click onto it to try and access it file explorer crashes and only sorts itself out when the drive is unplugged.
I tried uninstalling the driving and had no luck with it, can't access anything that involves the hard drive to format it either

Is there anything else I can try?

Answer:External Hard-drive crashes when i try to access it

Hello and welcome to the Tenforums!

Interesting problem. I, too, have the same external drive but when plugged into my USB3 port it shows up as TOSHIBA EXT (E: ).

This suggests to me that your registry has got corrupted in some way because it should not be showing up as a Local Disk. Can you check how it appears in Disk Management (right click on the start button to access this)?

To restore your registry the simplest way would be to restore your system to a restore point before this happened, but that all depends upon whether you set up W10 to create restore points or not. Hopefully you did.

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HiI have a 300Gb Samsung external hard driveI have some programs installed to it, and i kind of wont it to work without losing dataWhen ever i plug the hard drive into 'any' computer, it slows the computer down, and the computer says its installing it, but it takes to longi got a computer to get to a point were it could scan it (anti-virus scan), but the scan (zone alarm) crashed when trying to scan it for spyware. The scan found no viruses.theres no way of getting the into the hard drive, when a computer manges to install it, i try and open it (it's folder (E:/)) but the computer crashes.I've had the hard drive for at least 2 weeks, and only now I've had problems with it.can anyone help(PS, i've only tried it on Xp Home edition computers)

Answer:External hard drive crashes computer

Sorry but I don't fully understand what exactly is wrong here...QuoteI have some programs installed to it, and i kind of wont it to work without losing dataWhat exactly have you installed on it?QuoteWhen ever i plug the hard drive into 'any' computer, it slows the computer down, and the computer says its installing it, but it takes to longDo you mean as soon as you plug it in or when you try to run or install a program FROM the Hard Drive?Quotetheres no way of getting the into the hard drive, when a computer manges to install it, i try and open it (it's folder (E:/)) but the computer crashes.Do you mean when you try to run the program on the HD or when you try to go into it via My Computer?

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My Yoga 11s laptop almost always crashes when I plug in my external Wesstern Didigital My Passport 500 GB hard drive. As soon as I plug it in, screen goes dark. It sometimes is difficult to power it back on, sometimes takes several minutes of pressing the power button. Once I reboot it, with the external drive already plugged in it's fine. But is very annoying to deal with.  I've also had issues with the Yoga not waking from sleep mode some times, where I have to hard power it down and reboot, maybe related? Any one else see this problem?

Answer:Yoga (11s i3) Crashes when external hard drive is plugged into usb port

I have the same problem with mine (11s i5). I also have the startup problem at times when no external USB devices are connected.

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Hi,

Just re-installed my win7 but still getting crashes. I have uploaded my files on Omega external hard drive but when I try to connect error code 43 appears.

Un-installed the driver for the Omega but still can't get it connected.

Any free software could help repair such thins? My Logitech webcam Pro 9000 also keep on disconnecting.

Hi,

I reverted back to Win 7 Ultimate and it still crashes. It has asked me to run the repair programme from the disc and I tried but there is no option for repair but install.

Could I get it repaired on internet please?

I had my files stored on external Omega hard drive when I first used Win 7 but now it doesn't recognise my USB connection.

Any solutions please?

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Hello,
 
I was playing an audio file from my external hard drive when the usb cord disconnected.  After reconnecting, the computer makes a sound indicating the drive is recognized, but it does not appear in Windows.  Lovely.  So I went through the Device Manager (where the device is visible) and tried disabling/enabling, uninstalling/reinstalling.  No success in gaining access to the drive through explorer.  I opened Disk Management in Computer Management and here is where I stand, staring at my now unallocated drive.  The drive is full of data that I can't lose, which makes me hesitant to take action in Disk Management (The harmless ~assign drive letter~ option doesn't appear to be available). I guess I will just attach some screen caps and then see if anyone wants to walk me through the best solution to regain access to my drive without compromising my files.  
 
Just to be clear, I'm running Windows 8.1 and don't have access to another computer.
 
Thanks in advance and let me know if there if any more information is needed.  
 
 

Answer:External hard drive not visible in explorer

Hello, and Welcome
 
Detach the External Drive. Download and run USBdeview. Delete any mention of your external drive. It will also show any old devices that have been installed. You can delete any Vendor Specific device that is not your mouse, keyboard, network adapter, or printer. Reboot the computer and attach the external drive. Is it detected?
 
If using USBdeview does not work, download Partition Find and Mount. Let it do a Fast Scan first If it does not find anything do the Normal scan. If it finds any partitions, it will let you mount them as a virtual drive. Then you can copy your data over to your internal drive.
 
If Partition Find and Mount does not work then we will try TestDisk.

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Ugh, ive been looking all over the internet for a solution to this. Anyway, im borrowing my friend's external hard drive to transfer some stuff from my laptop to my desktop when my laptop for whatever reason crashed. Now when i started my laptop back up, explorer doesn't recognize the external hard drive. However, disk management seems to be able to recognize the external hard drive as a separate disk. Does anybody know how i can get my explorer to recognize the external hard drive?
 

Answer:Can't get explorer to recognize external hard drive

Since it's recognized by Disk Management, I'll guess one of two things

1. See if this might help How to Cleanup and Remove old USB Storage Drivers

2. Otherwise, it could be filesystem corruption on the disk. Have you tried connecting it to a different computer to see if it works? If it still fails on other computers as well could be windows sees the disk when connected but doesn't recognize a valid filesystem any longer so doesn't mount the logical volume. Try TestDisk for partition/data recovery
 

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I installed an external USB hard drive containing a 60 gig Maxtor hard drive to my system. Windows Explorer don't see it but Disk management does. Disk mgmt. says it's 57.2 gig FAT32 healthy and active. This drive has XP on it along with files I need. I don't need the XP on this drive. I tried a different drive in the enclosure and it works fine but it's NTFS 40 gig. I would put the 60 gig inside my system but it's an IDE drive and everything inside is SATA. I tried to change the file system to NTFS using EASEUS partition manager but got an error ?? This program also sees the drive and the files on it. I also tried moving the USB drive to a different system with the same results. Any ideas how I can access the data files on this 60 gig drive?

Many thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Explorer don't see external hard drive

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Hello,

I was playing an audio file from my external hard drive when the usb cord disconnected. After reconnecting, the computer makes a sound indicating the drive is recognized, but it does not appear in Windows. Lovely. So I went through the Device Manager (where the device is visible) and tried disabling/enabling, uninstalling/reinstalling. No success in gaining access to the drive through explorer. I opened Disk Management in Computer Management and here is where I stand, staring at my now unallocated drive. The drive is full of data that I can't lose, which makes me hesitant to take action in Disk Management (The harmless ~assign drive letter~ option doesn't appear to be available). I guess I will just attach some screen caps and then see if anyone wants to walk me through the best solution to regain access to my drive without compromising my files.

Just to be clear, I'm running Windows 8.1 and don't have access to another computer.

Thanks in advance and let me know if there if any more information is needed.
 

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I have a 1.5TB WD external hard drive. It was running extremely slow so i ran a defrag and it fixed it. But it also has a mac partition on it so i ran the repair disk thing for mac in disk utility.
However my mac is a laptop so it ran out of battery part way through the operation. Now when i plug it in it both the mac and PC it is not picked up in explorer and Disk management (under computer management).

So no partitions show up in either finder on mac or explorer on windows

Edit: When i connect the hard drive it has a flashing light on it like it normally does when it connecting to pc just before it shows up in explorer. It has been flashing like this for hours as it has been plugged into pc this whole time. when it connects and shows up in explorer and is not in use that light normally stays solid
 

Answer:Need help with a external hard drive not showing up in explorer

I'd start with test disk:
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
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FWIW: I have Ubuntu on my Netbook. If I start a lengthy operation like defrag on battery, it will ask me if I really want to do that. I've run into a number of prompts like that, and it makes me wonder why Windows never figured that out.
 

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Using Windows Vista on one computer and Windows XP on another - same problem with both.
Therefore I believe it is a problem with my Seagate Free Agent Desk 1,00GB external hard drive. Other external hard drives work ok.

THE PROBLEM: Reading and recovering data [digital pictures] from the hard drive. No problem with saving to the drive. Explorer will recognize some files but then locks up and does not respond.
I try to copy the files to another hard drive but only get a few or none at all before it quits responding. I then tried to copy to my computer hard drive but ran into the same problem.
 

Answer:Windows Explorer/External Hard Drive Issue

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Have just added a new external Hard drive to my system it shows in device manager under disk drives but nowhere else have tried using drive management but it's not there. Any idea how to get it to show. I have other external drives which show no problems, it's just this new one
 

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I find that my external hard drive (Western Digital Desktop drive) is inaccessible. When I try to access it through Windows Explorer, It does not show the device at all. The HDD is detected by the device manager in disk drives.

The HDD is not detected in other 2 computers too. tried in a mac and windows laptops.

I ran CHKDSK. At the beginning, it gave me the following message: "Warning! F parameter not specified. Running CHKDSK in read-only mode." It claimed to fix some things at the end of step 2, but it didn't help.

Device Manager thinks that the device is running properly.

I rebooted the machine but that didn't help either.

I ran chkdsk/f as suggested for one of the similar problems in another thread, but for that lucky guy, the drive was visible in windows exploreer.

Any ideas?

Pls pls help me a it has all my important data in it.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive not detected by Windows explorer

Have you run fdisk to partition it and then formatted the partition(s)
 

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Hi there, I recently got a new Dell Latitude E6500 computer and whenever I plug in my 1Tb External Hard Drive, Window Explorer freezes until I turn off the hard drive. I have tried this hard drive in other computers and it works fine. I have also tried other external hard drives in my computer and they work fine.Any idea what might be the problem?Thanks very much!

Answer:External Hard Drive Freezes Windows Explorer

Bump? Please help, I can clarify any details if it helps.

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Hi, really hoping you guys can help me out here!Im on Vista and have got an external hard drive which i use for when i backup. However, when I plug it in with the USB and turn the drive on, Windows Explorer just freezes and I cannot access it, until I unplug the device and restart explorer.I have plugged it into another PC which runs on XP and works perfectly. So I then took everything off it and put it on that PC and re-formatted the drive, however it still freezes on my Vista PC???Also, i have ran it in safe mode and seems to run ok then??As far as im aware external hard drives dont need drivers? So i really dont know what I can do?Does anyone have any suggestions please?Thanks a lot

Answer:External Hard Drive Freezes Windows Explorer???

Reinstall the drivers.

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I did a factory reset, and now do not see the Western Digital external hard drive listed under File Explorer.

Prior to the factory reset, it was listed as Drive F.

Would be grateful if you can tell me how to get it to show up again in the list!

Image attached.

Thanks.

Answer:File Explorer does not show external hard drive

From the Start Menu, open Disk Management and see if the hard drive is listed. Does it show that the space is unallocated?

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I am having a strange problem with my external hard drive for my backups. When I plug the drive in, it does not show up in Windows Explorer. I can make it show up by going into disk management and assigning it a drive letter, but the next time I plug it in, I have the same problem again. Any ideas why this might be occurring?
Edit: Turns out this is not limited to my backup drive. Once I assign a letter, the drives work fine. They will even keep the letter if I eject them and re-insert the USB connection, but any external media I plug in fails to assign a drive letter automatically the first time it is plugged in. While I do not see this as a huge problem, it bothers me that Windows is not working as it used to nor as it should.

Edit2: After reading some of the related forums, I realize I should be clear about a couple things. I am having this problem with drives that have already had their drivers installed in Windows. I do not get a dialog saying that Windows is installing these devices because the devices have already been installed. For some reason, their volume letter has been forgotten by Windows and I have to re-assign it. I am being careful not to use the same letter more than once. I am plugging the drives in while Windows is already running.
Any help would be greatly appreciated so that Windows will automatically assign a drive letter to a device instead of me having to manually do it when Windows forgets what letter it had assigned.

Answer:External hard drive not showing up in Windows Explorer

Windows 7 x64 Quit Assigning Drive Letters Automatically helped me solve my problem. Ran an Elevated Command Prompt and typed the following commands.mountvol.exe /n
mountvol.exe /eGuess it just needed to be reset by disabling auto mounting and re-enabling it.

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I have a x64 windows 7 and an iomega eGo external hard drive. The external hasn't been used in a while, it's just been sitting in my desk drawer. I'm trying to see if I have any files on it, but every time I plug it in, and try to open it, the green loading bar in Windows Explorer moves to the end but never finishes and the program (Windows Explorer) stops responding.

I don't think I have any really important files on there, I think I've moved them , so if I have to reformat it or anything it should be okay. But is there anything else I can do?

Answer:External Hard Drive Windows Explorer Not Responding

Try this.

Download v 0.8.1 of the drivecleanup.zip from Drive Tools for Windows.

Unzip it to a folder, say drivecleanup.

You will have two folders Win32 and x64 each containing DriveCleanup.exe for 32 bit and 64 bit respectively.

Remove all USB storage devices/printers/card readers etc., from your system (except your Keyboard and mouse) and reboot.

Right click on the DriveCleanup.exe and run as administrator. (Use the *.exe file appropriate for your bit version of Windows.).

After the clean up act, reboot , plug in your Iomega external drive and check. ( After the drive cleanup every USB device plugged it will be installed afresh.)

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I am using Windows XP SP3.

My external hard drive isn't showing up in windows explorer. It does show up in the disk manager and it says healthy.

I have tried changing the drive letter and that didn't work. I have also tried plugging it into a different usb port.

It has never done this before. What is going on?

Answer:External hard drive not showing up in windows explorer

Post the data reflected in Disk Management for this drive, please.

Both from the upper and lower levels of the Disk Management screen.

Louis

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I'm in the process of getting a new computer and wanted to scan some old files before putting them on to my new computer. I decided to scan my old computer and my external hard drive.
 
I used Bitdefender Rescue CD to scan both my old Computer (runs Windows 7) and my external hard drive (Western Digital, My Passport, 1 Terabyte).
 
The scan on my old computer came up clean, no infected files.
The scan on my external drive listed two infected files.
 
1. EXPLORER.EXE 
 
Trojan.Agent.VB.H
 
2. yudald.bat
 
Trojan.Generic.300285
 
These two files reside directly on the drive (if the external drive was drive E:\ the two files would show up as E:\EXPLORER.EXE  and E:\yudald.bat). The two files were also "protected operating system files".
 
After the initial scan I decided to view the files myself from Windows. I rebooted into Windows, went into Folder Options and unchecked the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) option. I could see both files on the drive. I decided to scan the files with Avast and they both showed up as trojans from that scan as well.
 
During this process I accidentally clicked the EXPLORER.EXE file. Windows displayed a message saying that the file did not exist at E:\EXPLORER.EXE. I quickly shutdown my computer and rebooted the Bitdefender Rescue CD. I scanned my external hard drive again. This time only the yudald.bat file showed up. I deleted that file. I scanned ... Read more

Answer:EXPLORER.EXE and yuldald.bat Trojans on External Hard Drive

Hi there,I'll try to answer your questions to the best of my ability.1. It's hard to tell since explorer.exe is a legit file, but it can also be malware using that name. The best way to determine is to submit it to an analysis service like VirusTotal to check it against multiple scanners.2. It is unlikely, but malware usually don't infect documents (unless it's ransomware, then they encrypt the files).3. Was the external drive plugged into other computers at one point? Just plugging it once into an infected computer is enough to get it infected.Which antivirus are you using? There can be a second possibility that your machine is infected and the infection went undetected, therefore infecting your external HD you are using.4. Images, videos and documents usually do not get infected by malware. I think they should be safe to recover using a live Linux CD, for example. I'm not very sure about Flash games though - you might want to submit them to VirusTotal for analysis to make sure they are clean.5. There are multiple AV vendors offering rescue CDs - one of the most popular ones is Kaspersky Rescue Disk.Regards,Alex

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My WD Element HDD is not working after I plug it in to my WDTV unit. I tried to recover my files using PW but I'm unable recover it can anyone please help me..

How it shows in Explorer

but it does not appear in Disk Management

HDD is visible in PW

Answer:External Hard Drive (WD Elements) is visible in PW but not in explorer

Hi cobrasl,

Welcome to Ten Forums.

I have read about many people experiencing similar problems when they connected their HDD to WDTV. My quick search was unable to find any tangible solution to restore the HDD itself without resorting to a data recovery process.

I would still wait to see if anyone else comes up with solution.

Since you have attempted data recovery, I would say that you will not be able to recover the data with Partition Wizard though it shows that all your data is still there. You will have to use TestDisk to recover the data and copy it to another drive.

Preparation for Data recovery:

1. Download TestDisk for Windows from here TestDisk Download - CGSecurity ( The second in the list.)( Do not download " Windows 64 bit" - that is not for you) Extract the testdisk-7.0.win.zip to the root of your system drive C:. You will run testdisk_win.exe in the extracted testdisk-7.0 folder.
2. On another external drive to which you want to copy the data create a folder named Recovery. This will be your Destination drive and Destination folder to copy the files.

Recovery Process: To be continued after a break

Caution: Do not try to use TestDisk on your own. Wait for specific instructions that will follow.

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Well, this morning I formatted, and plugged my external HDD into my laptop once I was done, and was transferring my files. It was transferring around 120 gigs so I went and took a nap. When I woke up, my laptop was closed, and the external HDD was unplugged....I think my mom or brother did that.

Later in the day I noticed not all of my files were back on my laptop...so I plugged it in to finish getting them....
But.... When I plugged it in nothing happened. When I clicked the start orb, then went to my computer, it stopped responding (windows explorer) so....I unplugged it, and Windows Explorer was fine then. The HDD made the noise like it started up..so I don't know the problem. So, I went and plugged it into my mom's computer, it didn't recognize it / it didn't show up.

Any ideas why this has happened? Any ideas on how I can fix it?
Thanks!
It's a SeaGate 2 terabyte External HDD btw.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Corrupted/Freezing explorer.exe?

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I have an external Samsung 640Gb hard drive which is not showing up in Windows Explorer, even though Device Manager shows it as recognized and working properly.
I am running Windows7 Home and this is something new as when I bought the drive it showed up in Explorer.
Could anyon e help - I really need this drive as all my backups and programs are on it!
TIA
Pierre

Answer:external hard drive not recognised in windows explorer

Click the Start button. Right-click on 'computer'. Select 'Manage'. Click 'Storage/Disk Management'. Right-click on the drive and select @Change Drive Letter and Paths..'. Select 'Add', accept the suggested drive letter and click OK. The drive should now be recognised.

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Hello everyone!

I just built my new computer and everything seems to be working fine hardware-wise. I put in my old hard drive which still has Windows Vista 32-bit on it. It booted up fine (booting up and shutting down is extremely slow though), I installed some of my motherboard drivers (LAN driver, USB drivers etc.)

I am going to install Windows 7 Home Premium on it as soon as I have backed up some important documents, music and programs. However, my external hard drive (USB) does not show up in My Computer! I checked the Hardware panel thing (Apparaatbeheer), and it does show up there. Is there any other way I can access it or are there any fixes? I tried deleting some HighFilters in the registry, but this caused my PC to go in a reboot-loop.
Could I transfer files over a LAN-network to my laptop?

I have just installed CrashPlan, could I use that to back-up all my files? I don't want to pay for it and my upload speed is quite low (around 700kB/s and I want to back up over 22GB).

TL;DR: I cannot see my external hard drive in Windows, is there any other way I can access it, or backup my files (22GB+)?

I can provide any additional information.

Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:External hard drive does not show up in Explorer/My Computer

/Close http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/find-your-missing-usb-drive-on-windows-xp/ This worked for me

It didn't have a drive letter. I had to activate it as a partition or something, but it shows up and I can access it now, and that's what counts
 

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Hi there,

I am having a problem with explorer.exe. When I click on certain folders in My Documents, the CPU Usage rockets and it takes ages for the next page to materialise. This is most frequently happening when navigating around my External HD, which for reference is a 320GB Seagate FreeAgent Desktop USB. I have defragmented the C: an D: drives of my computer, despite the fact that the analysis reveals that I don't need to. I have run Spybot S&D, which says that I have nothing malicious to worry about on my computer. Finally, even though I have disconnected my external HD, the slowness has spread to my main hard drives.

I would very much like to know what is going on, and hope that someone might be able to help me. I have attached my HijackThis log file.

Kind regards,
Nyapsta.
 

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this is kinda messed up...
this is kinda messed up...

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I am having problems accessing a newly installed external hard drive. Keep getting the "windows explorer has encountered a problem" message , after which my computer goes back to my desktop. Everything else seems to run correctly. Please note that I am a noob about these things. Please help. I can move content onto the drive succesfully, it's just opening it without resets or freezes that is causing the problems. thank you in advance.

Answer:Windows Explorer Problems When Accessing External Hard Drive

Is this a hard drive that you bought pre-configured, or is it a hard drive that you've bought a drive caddy for? If it's pre-configured, then I'd suspect an issue with the hardware of the external drive. If it's your caddy, then I'd suggest checking the jumper settings on the hard drive to ensure that they're correctly set.

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Hey everyone, I am new here, and I am having some trouble fixing my external hard drive.First of all I am using: Windows Vista Home Basic, Acer Aspire 3680-2354 Laptop/Notebook, 1 GB Ram.Whenever I plug in my External Hard drive into my laptop, I get two error messages:"Windows Explorer has stopped working""Windows Explorer is restarting"Then my desktop blinks with its icons on it, and then re appears. This has a continous cycle. Every 20 seconds or so it restarts. Heres the catch:I reformatted my hard drive, removed everything on there cause I backed up my files onto other computers and deleted everything on there. I re put the files back onto the hard drive, and it still does this windows explorer thing.Another thing is whenever I do not hook up my external hard drive to the laptop, my laptop is fine, free of anything. *This problem only happends when I hook up my external hard drive into my laptop.  I have been trying for days to fix this problem, but still no luck.Please help, it will be much appreciated!!!!

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem- Linked To Windows Explorer

Does it work with other computers?

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On occasions, my external hard drive will not appear in Windows Explorer when I switch it on. Switching it off then on again doesn't work. Unplugging and reconnecting the USB lead sometimes works but more often doesn't. The only sure way I've found on getting it to appear in Window Explorer is to leave it switched on and to re-start my PC.
Does anyone know how to jolt it into appearing in Windows Explorer without having to re-start my PC.
(The external hd is a WD MyBook 3Tb USB3 unit & my USB sockets are USB3. I'm running Windows 8.1)

Answer:External Hard Drive Doesn't Always Show Up in Windows Explorer

had this problem too ages ago gave up in the end. hope a good answer comes in.

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Hello i'm kinda a newbie to anything to do with external hard drives and/or Corruption.
But my external hard drive recently has become unusable, When it's plugged it only shows "Local Disk ( G: )" on My computer, with no drive size/space left. (Image to explain, Yes i know My primary drive is full, but i have no external to backup on. Here)

Any interaction with it will cause windows explorer to crash, and forcing to restart windows explorer, looking around the web i see no real fix i feel like trying, as there's around 600GB of data on there i wish to keep.
So i thought it'd be best to get a hopeful fix specific to my problem just to make sure i don't mess-up and lose the data.

The Harddrive itself is a "Hitachi 1tb External Hard Drive", For what model i have no idea, but looks exactly like this image: Here
It's a Dual power-source external hard drive connected by USB 2.0.

the only real problem i had with the drive prior to this problem was i had a little notification when it was connected asking me to scan for errors, i was kinda worried about the possible corruption so i went ahead and left it to scan the 2 billion odd bytes from what i remember , took ages to do but the problem was still there, I saw no issue with any of the files on there after pressing the "continue without scanning" so i just thought it might have been a bug, as the drive seemed normal.

But then after a while this problem occurred and since hasn't been fixed,... Read more

Answer:Cannot access 1TB External Hard drive (USB) Crashing windows explorer

Hi,

Lets have a look at this in Disk Management - can you open it and attach a screen capture image of it please?

Regards,
Golden

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Hello,

I've been having a problem with my Lacie 1TB external HDD for some time now. I'll just precise that it's a USB 2.0 disk and has an on/off switch. I apologize if the post is long but I'm gonna put in everything I can think of.

The disk worked fine for a few months then at one point it started hard clicking and soon after I was unable to transfer any data in or out of the disk without causing the transfer to hang after about 20s. I sent it back to Lacie for repair and, long story short, after they "lost" my disk, they sent me a brand new one, but apparently the repair centre wasn't informed so I received my old disk too, repaired. So I now have 2 similar HDDs.

My problem is

- at first, when I tried to run the format tool preloaded on the disk, to format the disk before use, it hanged and the progress bar didn't move. The only way to close the window was to shut down the disk. That happened on both disks, and they were then listed as RAW in disk manager.

- I tried to format or delete the volume using window's built in tool, but when I select my format options and click ok, it just gets back to the disk manager with the hourglass mouse pointer, as if it's doing something although there is no progress bar or anything. It just stays there for hours although it should be super fast as the disk is empty. I tried different softwares like partition magic but they just hang on "detecting devices" as soon as I turn the disk on. Same thing for disk manager... Read more

Answer:Windows explorer freezes when accessing external hard drive.

Hi welcome back wolvo7,
Sorry to hear of your problems.
If you have sent the repot of BSoD using this method it is OK:_
Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions
If not please download this & upload report with next post.
I will inform a member of the forum BSoD experts, who when available will comment on your thread.
Meanwhile I ask you to be patient.

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So, my external worked fine the other day, but now it just won't work. I connect it, try to open it in My Computer, and the window freezes. The rest of the computer is fine. It doesn't show up in the My Computer folder either. I have to disconnect it to unfreeze it. It unfreezes immediately when I do, and says "You must format this hard drive to use it. How'm I supposed to format it if it's not in? Plus, I have important stuff in it, so I really don't want to.

What can I do, what's the issue?
 

Answer:Windows Explorer freezes when I connect external hard drive.

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A few days ago my Seagate 3TB external hard drive failed without warning and I've been trying to recover it. I ran Test Disk but it didn't appear to locate any partitions. I tried Minitool Partition Wizard and while the Partition Recovery Wizard did locate the partition, identify it as NTFS and even shows me all the files it never adds 'recover partition' as an operation so I can't run it. What do I need to do?

Here's the disk in Partition Magic (drive N)


Here's it in Disk Management


Here's it in Explorer


I feel like I'm close because Partition Wizard can show me the files but I just can't browse the drive.

Answer:External hard drive visible in Partition Magic but not explorer

You can try with PartitionGuru free Free partition manager, file recovery tool and Windows backup software - PartitionGuru Free

or wait until Jumanji responds to your case he is the guru for this kind of problems around here

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So I have an interesting (maybe not) problem. I tried searching for a fix on here, but the issues seem to be different. I have a Western Digital Mybook external hard drive, that I use to hold my music and video files. It is formatted, working properly, and shows up in disk management. However whenever I turn on my computer it refuses to show up in Windows Explorer. I can unplug the USB connection and replug it in and it will show up, however if I close windows explorer and re-open it the hard drive will no longer come up under "computer". I can access the folder through an icon I created on the start page, and I can play the files in iTunes, it just refuses to show up in Windows Explorer. This is driving me crazy, any ideas? Thanks in advance.

Answer:External Hard Drive Refuses to Stay in Windows Explorer

Have you tried plugging the drive into a non-partisan, third party PC if available?

And did work before correctly in a previous Windows OS?

Is the little indicator light blinking?

Is the drive and/or files somehow hidden?

There are a LOT of different reasons as to why an external hard drive isn't working properly, more details are a must.

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Hi,

Every time I navigate and browse explorer all my hard disk drives spin up and remain active for a long time.. The only hard disk drives I need active are solid state drive which hosts my operating system and drive letter E which hosts all my personal files.. I access that drive a lot to stream music and watch movies but everytime I open My Computer or browse hard disk directory all my hard drives become active? It is very annoying and unnecessary since they're synchronized backup drives so hosts identical information.. how can I prevent explorer reading (spinning) up my disk drives when navigating my computer and other parent directories?
C:/ System Files (Corsair 120GB SSD Partition 1)
D:/ Documents And Settings (Corsair 120GB SSD Partition 2)
E:/ Personal Files (Western Digital 2TB HDD)
F:/ Internal Backup (Western Digital 2Tb HDD)
G:/ External Backup (Western Digital My Book)
Z:/ Online Backup (Western Digital My Book Live Nas)

Answer:Navigating Explorer Creates External Hard Drive Activity (Disabled)

Probably a feature of explorer, I myself have long abandoned explorer for file management, I highly recommend Total Commander found here for testing, just has simple nag click when first running it, bought it ages ago myself:

Total Commander - home

Using TC, drives only spin up again if I select them on either pane after parking occurs.

There are other file managers, my favorite site for generic utility browsing/downloads is softpedia.com

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Hello. I have looked this problem up on the internet, yet none of the answers have been of much help to me. So now I turn to the experts. Recently my external hard drive (500gb, 400gb free space, Seagate Expansion Portable Drive) has come up with what seems to be a common error: "Windows Explorer has stopped working." I go into my hard drive and five seconds later the error message pops up, then it goes 'windows explorer is restarting.' All my icons disappear for a moment then reappear and my external hard drive has shut down. It never used to do this before - it's just started doing it a few hours ago. My computer is a Windows 7, and the antivirus I use is bullguard (if it's of any use.)I scanned my device for malware or errors but it says there's nothing wrong. Keep in mind this is only on my external hard drive. It never happens anywhere else on my computer.Your help is greatly appreciated!~Seki

Answer:'Windows Explorer has Stopped Working' < External Hard Drive Error

Does this external HD have its own power supply? I believe it does.Some uses report the segregate drives can fail after a few months. That should be rare, but I have seen that in more than one credible place. If the drive is inside of warranty , take it back now! But if the problem is the power and interface, you can test the HD by putting it into a desktop PC as the slave drive, or secondary drive.A new enclosure is about $30 here in the USA.

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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?

Thanks!
Sonya

Answer:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite click mini not reconising external hard drive or external DVD drive

Originally Posted by rachel.nickells


Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance



Is it usb powered? If so does the hard drive spin up? Are there any clicking noises from the drive?

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I want to get an external hard drive/dvd burner combo if there is such a thing. To make this question as simple as possible...I need a hard drive that my camera can be plugged into with the firewire. I also need the hard drive that is able to plug in to the USB2 slot on my computer, because
my new Dell doesn't seem to tolerate a firewire card which I installed and then took out and returned to the store. It froze my computer and I tried everything to stabilize it but had no luck. It did work long enough to download 10 min. or so of video and I burned that onto a cd. Thats when I found out I had a dvd-rom not a dvd burner......long story I know. Sorry. I just want to figure out the most economical way now to save my movies and burn them to dvd also using either another external dvd burner or maybe there is a hard drive/dvd burner combo?? Or should I just get two separate externals?
Again: I need the hard drive/burner to plug into my computer with usb2.
Then the firewire from the camera would go into the hard drive/burner to download the movies.
 

Answer:Solved: External Hard drive OR External Hard drive/dvd-rw combo?

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Hello
I have a Samsung T3 that worked fine on this pc.
I use it for school, I've used it on a few systems.

I've googled a lot for this but can't find a proper answer, but feel free to relist the answers since it might help me if I try it again.

But recently when I plug it in windows explorer becomes unresponsive and I can't get it to restart even with cmd. When I disconnect the drive windows works again.

This does not happen on my laptop which also runs W10.

I've recently reinstalled (clean) my OS since the wifi drivers ****ed my OS (can't even get my wifi to work on W10 but w/e I'll just use LAN).

It's Windows 10 Pro 64 bit btw.

(thanks mr Admin for saying it should be here, didn't know that)

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Hello
I have a Samsung T3 that worked fine on this pc.
I use it for school, I've used it on a few systems.

I've googled a lot for this but can't find a proper answer, but feel free to relist the answers since it might help me if I try it again.

But recently when I plug it in windows explorer becomes unresponsive and I can't get it to restart even with cmd. When I disconnect the drive windows works again.

This does not happen on my laptop which also runs W10.

I've recently reinstalled (clean) my OS since the wifi drivers ****ed my OS (can't even get my wifi to work on W10 but w/e I'll just use LAN).

It's Windows 10 Pro 64 bit btw.

(thanks mr Admin for saying it should be here, didn't know that)

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Hello
I have a Samsung T3 that worked fine on this pc.
I use it for school, I've used it on a few systems.

I've googled a lot for this but can't find a proper answer, but feel free to relist the answers since it might help me if I try it again.

But recently when I plug it in windows explorer becomes unresponsive and I can't get it to restart even with cmd. When I disconnect the drive windows works again.

This does not happen on my laptop which also runs W10.

I've recently reinstalled (clean) my OS since the wifi drivers ****ed my OS (can't even get my wifi to work on W10 but w/e I'll just use LAN).

It's Windows 10 Pro 64 bit btw.

Answer:Explorer.exe crashes when plugging external ssd

Neger,

Welcome to the forum!

Please consider posting the T3 SSD issue in the following:
Drivers and Hardware - Windows 10 Forums

T3 SSD issues seem to be very popular throughout.

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About a week ago I bought a 400gb external hardrive, elements, by WD. Its a big step up from the 40gb hardrive that my computer has, but it was definately needed.

Its plug and play and when It first arrived it worked absolutely fine, no overheating at all. I immediately put everything I wanted but didnt need onto the elements hardrive to free up space on my main hardrive. It worked fine for a few days.

Then about three days ago I tried accessing some of the songs I had put onto the external hardrive only to find that they werent there anymore. I decided to recheck, and so opened my computer to find that it didnt even pick up the external hardrive anymore. I hit f5 to check again and windows explorer completely froze. I couldnt do anything but restart my computer.

Its been like that ever since. Should I send the external hardrive back, or does anyone have any tips on how to get it working??

Thanks
 

Answer:My external hardrive crashes Windows Explorer!

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Does anyone know of software that will clone one external hard drive to another hard drive. I have tried by attaching both external hardrives  to a computer but Acronis will only find the destination drive and not the source drive. any ideas would be great Ojas

Answer:Any software that will clone one external hard drive to another external hard

What kind of data is on the HDD ? ?Are you saying that Aceonis does not rcognise both externals ? ?If not you can hool up only the HDD you want cloned and have Acronis create and save the image to your internal for now...then power down...unhook that external...and hook up the blank external...power up and clone away.NOTE: I highly suggest verifying the image before cloning...takes a bit longer buy well worth it.It's under the Tools section in Acronis.

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Hi everybody,

so, I've been looking on the internet for a solution, i found similar cases but it often stayed unsolved or the solution didnt work for me.

Yesterday I was saving some files on my external Hard Drive (a Toshiba, if it may be relevant), it was working as usual but suddenly, it made the windows explorer crash.

So the symptoms are : whenever I try to open it, or right click on its icon, the windows explorer freezes and only comes back if i unplug the device. I also cannot access the Disk Management anymore when its plugged.

What I've tried so far is :
- uninstalling every USB Device pilot with a small soft i dont remember the name : it reinstalled the pilot when I plugged back the harddrive without any trouble, but I still counldn't access it.
- analyze it with Seatools : it simply couldn't detect it
- desactivate the device then reactivate : no effect
- using Minitool partition wizard : that was more interesting : it struggled to detect it but ultimately i could see the disc. No problem detected, I could even see my files inside but it was really slow. Today, I sadly cant even see it anymore....

Does anybody has another idea ? I would really like to recover my files. The device is not even that old, I've been using it for 2-3 years now, only to save pics and files from time to time. I'd really appreciate your help

Thanks

Answer:External Harddrive crashes windows file explorer

Please give full details of your Toshiba External drive.

Model Number, capacity, whether it is a desktop external powered by an AC adapter or a USB powered portable external .

If it shows up in My Computer post a screenshot of it. ( Plug in only your Toshiba drive. Remove all other external drives/pendrives.)

In Device Manager, expand Disk drives and post a screenshot. Right click > Properties. Does it show the device working properly?

Your Toshiba drive should also appear as USB Mass Storage Device under Universal Serial Bus Controllers. Is the device working properly?

Do other external drives work properly on your PC?

Have you tried the Toshiba External on another working PC? If not do that and report what happens.

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Hey guys!

My Zune 80gb stopped working a while back. It wouldn't charge. So I thought I would take out the hard drive and use it as an external 80gb hard drive. So I bought an 1.8" ZIF encolsure for it and installed the hard drive into it.

All appears good with the installation. When I plug the hard drive into the PC the light on the hard drive enclosure comes on and stays on & the disk starts spinning. Then Windows Vista does the whole "Install new Hardware" thing and calls it a "Disk Drive" and a "USB Mass Storage Device" and says hardware is installed and ready for use.

But the problem is I can't seem to access the drive. I can't find it anywhere. It doesn't show up as a drive I can use or anything. I tried a third party partitioning prgram to try and find the disk so I could reformat it but it wouldn't it couldn't find it either. I even plugged the drive into my Mac thinking that Disk Utility might be able to recognize it and let me wipe it, but the Mac doesn't recognize it as anything.

Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

Can anyone help me? I thought I read somewhere... Read more

Answer:Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!

anyone?
 

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Hello,
I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?
 

Answer:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.
 

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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks
 

Answer:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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We have started seeing this issue with our new deployments of Windows 8.1 - we have around 7 drive mappings pointing to a n EMC NAS (VNX7600) and although I can access all drive4s if I drop to the command prompt -windows explorer FAILS to display all mapped
drives. We see this issue over the VPN which would indicate this issue is somewhat related to network latency and Windows Explorer trying to enumerate and display all pertinent info such as free/used disk space.

Any help will be appreciated.

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I bought a esata-sata cable and tried to connect a esata external hard drive througn a sata 2nd hard drive caddy. The result is that my T42 can not detect the external hard drive. The caddy, cable, and the external hard drive are all functional with other setups. As I know, the signal of esata and sata are the same. It should be just passing through. I don't understand why it fails. I observed that both the leds on the caddy and above the caddy are lighting when I boots T42. However, both leds dims after that. Any suggestion?PS. I know using a pcmcia will be easier. However, several reviews confirmed that the writing speed is limited to 30 MB/s through pcmcia. The writing speed on the caddy is at least 55 MB/s when I tested it with a 2.5 in hard drive.

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Hi, recently my lenovo T61's video card fizzled out right after the warranty expired. I have information on the laptop's hard drive that i need to get off of it. I have a hard drive enclosure for my old hp laptop's hard drive but the two drive have different connectors. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction to find a lenovo T61 hard drive compatible external hard drive enclosure. The hard drive is a 100 GB 7200 RPM driveModel: HTS722010K9SA00HDD: 7K200-100LENOVO P/N: 42T1056HITACHI P/N: 0A53257MLC: DA2141

Answer:Need help finding correct external hard drive enclosure for a T61 hard drive

There is a lot to choose from. Any USB SATA external hard drive enclosure should work. Since i don't live in the US i don't know where the best place to buy such a enclosure would be in your case. If you cannot find any maybe someone else that live in the US could help you out.
 
-gan

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my macbook pro is currently our of commission due to a mishap with a cup of water. the person i spoke to on the phone at the apple store said to have the hard drive transferred to an external one in case they need to reformat it. is this even possible if my laptop won't turn on?

Answer:transfer data from laptop hard drive to external hard drive

Depends on the type of water damage has been done.
If your laptop has been a small puddle of water for a little bit of time, yes it will mess up your hdd's connectors and possibly damage it.
If the water spill was like a splash on the keyboard and quickly cleaned up, you have a good chance of the hdd working.
Just depends on what got damaged badly enough for something not to turn on for quite awhile.

Also get rid of that macbooks battery, I have a bad feeling it might not work with your macbook anymore.

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

Answer:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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I need an external hard drive for taking regular backups of all of my data.
When i searched the internet I got two options:
1. Porable HDD [high cost, slower speed but don't need external power]
2. Desktop HDD [low cost, higher speed but need external power]

I want to know that...
1. Which hard disk's live longer? Porable or Desktop.
2. I heared that pulling off USB cable of Portable HDD may cause data lose because it also supplies power to hdd.
What will happpen if Power goes off from Desktop HDD? Will my data/Hard disk remain protected?
3. Level of safety of data on moving or shaking on both Desktop and Portable HDD.
4. Can we install os and boot from portable and desktop external hdd?
 

Answer:Need Advice : External Desktop Hard drive vs Portable Hard drive?

Unless you really need to go portable with a Laptop .. I'd not use a USB powered External.
You cannot boot from a USB External .. But there's another option if you're capable of physically changing HDDs ..

Get a good external Enclosure (with a fan for cooling) .. Install a good HDD ... with a 5 year warranty
and make the HDD in the enclosure a bootable backup .. where you could swap HDDs if/when needed ..
 

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hi,i've just rebuilt my computer with xp service pack 2 and all works fine. except when i attach either my maxtor external hard drive or my ipod, when it seems to crash the computer unless i wait quite a while (10 mins or so). sometimes i have to reboot and endure the same problem again.is this common? and obviously is there a solution?many thanks

Answer:attaching external hard drives crashes computer

There is a small section on how your usb port should be set up maybe this will helphttp://www.directron.com/installusb.htmlCheck you PSU can handle the power requirements for an extra device..

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Looking to buy an external hard drive for backup. This will be used only to backup data periodically. This is certainly a good price ($140):

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1474205

I've never heard of it. Anyone have any experience with that brand?
 

Answer:Opinions on BeyondMicro External Hard Drive?-or recommendations on External Case?

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So I want to clone one external 2TB with another. So one drive is the main use one and another the backup one. So I copy everything over to backup and i store the backup at another house and then I start using the main: deleting and adding/editing files. What is the best software or whatever to allow me, after some time, synchronize/clone the externals again without deleting all on the backup drive and recopying? (main to backup) and make them clones again? ..Adding and deleting or replacing any nonidentical files.. Like where i can press a button on some software and it do the work for me.
Sorry if this is confusing

Answer:Best external to external hard drive synchronized backup plan?

There's a bunch of applications that can do that.

They all work pretty much the same way, but would differ in how easy they are to understand and configure---the interfaces would differ and the help files would differ.

I use FreeFileSync from sourceforge.net.

Others are Syncback, Folder Clone, Karen's Replicator, FBackup, Second Copy, and Synchromagic.

You should be able to configure them to do one or the other of the following:

1: If you delete or modify a file on the "original", it will also be deleted or modified on the backup.

2: If you delete a file on the "original", it will be retained on the backup. If you modify a file, both the modified and unmodified file will be retained on the backup.

It's up to you which choice you prefer. I use the first method, which is often called "mirroring"--one drive is an exact match of the other.

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Hi,
I would like to know that If i got an external monitor with usb ports on it and then connect my Macbook Pro 2015 to it via an HDMI cable, can i connect an external hard-drive onto the external display to transfer files to my macbook?
 

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Am thinking of adding one of these to get more space. I read/heard somewhere that the software that comes with it allows you to back-up files on this drive automatically from the computer C Drive. Can anyone confirm this please as this could be the 'buy it' information I need for the final decision.Thanks in anticipation

Answer:Archos external Qdisk External Hard Drive

It doesn't mention anything about this on the Archos website click here

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I am looking to purchase an external hdd & dvd writer for my laptop, I have looked at ones made by freecom-does anyone know if they are any good and the best place to buy them ?Thanks

Answer:External Hard disc Drive & External DVD writer

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Windows 7 desk top computer stopped during use. It would not restart when button pressed. External power supply ok. Possible internal Power Supply Unit failure. Can the pc hard drive data be backed up to an external USB hard drive enclosure before testing to find the fault in these circumstances?

Answer:Hard drive backup to external USB hard drive enclosure

Yes, most HDD is use on laptop and desktops units are pretty standard. The desktops use 3.5 inch internal drives and the laptops are mostlt 2.5 inch. The Sata interface is almost universal. Suitable enclosures are sold by major vendors. Be aware that the very lost cost kits are not real enclosure, just the power and interface components. Not recommended. To easy make a mistake.You will need a working PC or laptop to read the data. And enough free drive space to store your data files. Recovering program files is not piratical, unless the programs were  portable programs. Which is not likely.This video is basic and helpful. (Ignore the lead in advertisement.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLLQusrmzvIAs you will see in then video, you can buy an enclosure for  any starred hard drive. So just pick out a good enclosure and you can get you data back!EDIT: On of the best tutorials I have seen lately.  He makes it plain and simple and very useful information.  Geek-9pm recommends you watch. That guy is even better that me.

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I have an internal hard disk not in use ,and I would like to make it as external disk !
I looked on the net and I found I should have the " encelsure " butt I think I wont find it here in my city .
So is there another way ? like usb -esata cable ?

Answer:how to make your internal hard drive into and external hard drive ?

Firstly, where are you based (Which country)? I would get the part of the internet, I trust we are talking about a 3.5" drive? Do you have an esata port on your pc? I would get something similar to this, I think: Play.com - Buy CiT 35M17SEF 3.5 inch SATA / USB / Firewire / eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure online at Play.com and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.
 

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How can I use an external hard drive to boot windows?My newer computer has a now-defunct hard drive.I want to use the files on this computer and use it on my newer one,which has the better memory and better processor.Now I'm not sure if copying files from another computer to an external hard drive to make it work with another computer will make some hardware conflict.

Answer:External Hard Drive as Main Hard Drive?(Changed)

I don't know about older versions of Windows but XP and newer doesn't like being booted from external hard drives will not at all without some serious customization. Since you haven't told us what version of windows you plan on using it is hard to guide you further except to say that the general advice is to not attempt it.

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I currently am running windows 8.1 x64 bit, and I am thinking of copying my entire hard drive (consisting of C & D drives using a total of 929.2 GB of space.  And wanting to get a Western Digital External Hard Drive with 1.5 TB of space.  I have been led to believe that windows 8.1 has a utility called System Image Back Up Utility (located in the Control Panel).  I have also been led to believe that this can be done completely using a bit by bit copy of the entire hard drive (programs, files, drivers, apps, utilities, etc),  But I can not fine enough info on doing this. And there are still questions, such as How do you transfer the copy from the external hard drive back onto the PC if it should completely crash? (I do have a five disk recovery set I made when I purchased my PC, but still want an additional source of a back up system.)  I can not find the procedures for copying the copy from the external hard drive to the crashed PC, and are ther better and safer programs out there to use instead of the windows system Image back up utility?  I would add that I am somewhat of an intermediate user, useing PCs since windows 95. but there are obviously issues that I need to research before attempting something this complicated and advanced.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in Advance !










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Answer:Copying Complete Hard Drive to an external hard drive as a b...

A description of System Image Backup can be found here.  If you want both C and D, I would suggest a clone program. Both Seagate and WD offer a free Disk Wizard Program. With the cloning process, you use an external case to perform the clone.  When disaster strikes, you swap out the drives, and continue. Personally, I make clones of my primary desktops every 30-45 days.

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I earlier posted about the Aspire AST690-UP925A having 250GB hard drive. I since then contacted Aspire chat support. Apparently, not being tech savy we didn't realize 250 gb hard drive only 112 c drive is able to be used, the d data drive holds the programs to run the computer.

I didn't mean can I use the external hard drive internally. I meant, if I hook it up externally would it work in place of the internal hard drive that is nearly full except for around 10 GB?

So, unfortunately the computer isn't as big as you believe. But...I wanted to know if I purchase (I was looking at western digital elements 2TB external hard drive). Can we use it for this computer. It will not run itunes or anything like that, but we can obviously go online.

My brother wants to buy a new computer, but I know that is probably not the way to go. Should we get an internal hard drive installed and other memory or something or can we use the external hard drive?

I would appreciate any informed help on this since we do not no technical info on computers. Can't really afford to buy another computer right now.

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

If you want to take out the drive from external hard drive case and install it in your desktop/laptop, then usually you can. Usually external hard drives are just ordinary hard drives accompanied by some extra controller to make it able to "talk" via general ports (e.g. USB). However I am not familiar with digital elements 2TB , so I can not confirm it. But I do have WD external drive, which I had positively confirm that its real drive is just ordinary hard drive.

Note that if you decide to do this, I suggest to find experience people to work on extracting the drive. If you do it yourself you will risk to damage it, and you don't want that since usually opening the closure means voiding the warranty.
 

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I had been using my Hitachi 320g external HD for 2yrs.It had not problem until yesterday I transfering some files from my Drive C to Hitachi HD when the computer hang.I unpluged the external HD and restart PC.When I pluged in the external HD again it was recognised as interrnal HD.I've problem accessing the files.The PC detected it was FAT32 since my system was NTFS and asked me to reformat my external HD.I tried connect to other PC but no different.
 

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I am trying to move my files from the hard drive I removed from my old computer to the external hard drive. I want to be able to view the files before moving. Thanks
 

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I am unsure about what happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive... Let's say the internal HDD was your only laptop HDD and you replaced it with a SSD. If you convert your old internal HDD to an external HDD, what would happen when you open it up on your newly installed OS (on the SSD)?

I am trying to download a new OS but us my old internal HDD as an external drive just to access specific files. However, I don't want any other data/programs/settings/etc. downloaded onto my new SSD. Do I need to delete my old OS when I convert my old internal HDD into an external HDD or does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?

If anyone is able to clarify these questions that would be fantastic!
 

Answer:What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

Yes
it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all
 

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Hi guys,

I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes.

Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching).

To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung 1TB drive. I also have a 64 Solid-state drive in there as my primary hard drive that Windows was installed on and a couple of programs are installed on. My storage disk (the 1TB disk) is for all my music/films etc. Whenever I drag and drop a file into the Samsung hard-drive - it copies it rather than moves it instantly.

When I had a laptop, I had 3 external hard drives and this is the way it copied files onto them.

Does anyone know how I can get the internal drive to stop acting like an external drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive

This is the way it works. I have an 80GB SSD and an internal HDD and the same happens if the file/folder is large enough. If you just copy a few MBs, you will not see the window with the green stripe running. But if e.g. you copy 500MBs, you will see it. It physically moves the data. That is different if you copy on the same volume from one folder to another. Then it only makes an entry in the MFT.

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I have an HP dv6810us. its 7200 rpm and only has 160 gigabytes of space. I just bought a Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB external hard drive, at 7200 rpm; model: WDBAAF0020HBK-NESN. I have put ALL my movies, documents, music, pictures, and everything other than my programs and stuff that came with my computer. I only have 20 gigabytes left on my computer i was wondering how i could somehow turn my external hard drive into my internal hard drive....and how. any websites of videos that could lead me to the right place would be very helpful. i have used 140 gigs of space on my computer mostly due to the sims 3 and programs. please help!

Answer:Making an external hard drive your internal hard drive

Hang on, so if I understand you correctly you've got a 160Gb drive installed in your laptop and it's only got 20Gb free space left. So now you want to put the 2TB drive into the laptop? Sorry, but that won't work. You'll need to buy another 2.5" drive.Is the drive inside your laptop SATA or IDE?

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My PC crashes (BSOD) now every time I try to format a USB drive.  Happens over and over with all different drives.  MY BIOS may be out of date, but I'm afraid to update since I upgraded the original Win 8.1 OS to Win 10.  The only available BIOS download is for Win 8.1 and nothing for Win 10.  Will that 8.1 download work or will it cause problems

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XP crashes when some files (Excel, jpegs, accounting software, zip) are saved to an external drive (Western 500GB). The files can be opened and worked on without problems. I have scanned PC (CC, Sptdoctor and Norton).
Any ideas!
 

Answer:xp crashes when file saved to external drive

mapoil said:





XP crashes when some files (Excel, jpegs, accounting software, zip) are saved to an external drive (Western 500GB). The files can be opened and worked on without problems. I have scanned PC (CC, Sptdoctor and Norton).
Any ideas!Click to expand...

is this a new problem? have you done any recent changes (ie - new s/w, new, h/w, etc)? you didn't mention what os you have (ie - xp, vista). have you tried rebooting your comp w/o your external h/d plugged in? have you tried a thumbdrive to see if it works? if you've tried everything (above), have you tried removing the drivers from device manager (for your external h/d and rebooting)? g/l , sos
 

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In summary:  

At the boot screen,
Port 0 (Drive D) is one Size, but then when windows opens fully and it is a
                    DIFFERENT SIZE
Boot screen is entirely different to the Disk Management Screen (And Windows Explorer screen)
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In detail :


'Disk Management picture' - text version :
        Disk 0 - Drive (D)     223.57 GB    (same size as Port 4 - my
1st Priority Boot device - SSD in boot screen )
        Disk 0 -
        Disk 1 -    3 partitions    -->    Acer C   84GB free



'Boot Screen picture' - text version :

RAID Volumes
ID     Name             Level                          
Strip      Size             Status                    Bootable
0       Volume 0  &n... Read more

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I'm not sure if I should have put this in "Hardware" or not so...
I am, by far, a professional at this so hang in there with me if I confuse you. A few months ago my children broke the screen on my laptop and for a few weeks I was trying to use the External Monitor so it would show up on a monitor my sister gave me. Well I finally got that up and working however, now when I connect my external hard drive to the laptop, it will not show up on the desktop monitor. (The external hard drive is Western Digital).

This external monitor is a new thing for me, actually I knew you could do it but didn't try it as an option until my nephew - who is much younger than me - thought of it lol. Anyway, I have pictures and such on my external hard drive that were put onto the external by the very laptop I am using. I'm not totally sure of the montior I am using, all I can tell you at the moment is it's a Dell. The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite A135 S266; the laptop has Vista Home Basic (32 bit) and I believe the desktop monitor is running with Vista too but I'm not sure if that's important since it is only serving as a "view." Anyway, I would love some help with why the drive may not be working with this set up.

Thanks,
Kerri
 

Answer:Help with External Monitor and External Hard Drive

This may seem like a silly question, have you tried the HD on another PC to see if the issue is with that?
Also, are you saying it's not showing up in 'My Computer', or are you not getting the option to open files?
 

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Can i plug a external hard drive in to a external Usb Hub? I have a usb hub 4 port with the power source from the computer. and the hdd doesnt work with it because it doesnt have enough energy to spin or to work. so i want to buy this eBay: USB 2.0 4-PORT USB HUB WITH EXTERNAL POWER SUPPLY C1 (item 300130217532 end time Jul-20-07 16:56:09 PDT)it has external ac power so it doesnt use the power from the computer. will this be enough power for my Harddrive does any one have something like that? thanks

Answer:Can i plug a external hard drive in to a external Usb Hub?

go back to the ebay page where this is located.... on the top where the website  url     (page)  is                  right click(highlight the page)  on it and press copy *come back here and  paste that back in your original post..  Lets see how much juice that thing has ?(i would think it  "should" be ok if there is at least 350 watts)

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Hello,

I've done extensive research on Google and the Microsoft Knowledge base, with no results.

I'm running Windows XP Pro with four local SATA hard drives, tons of ram, AMD Athlon 64 Toledo 4400 dual core chip, 3 optical drives (1 is usb), Creative Labs Audigy Zs Platinum Pro sound card, and an ATI All-IN-WONDER 600 Pro PCIe video card.

The problem is that whenever I right click on a local hard drive letter (in Windows Explorer) I get the standard error message: Windows Explorer has encoutered a problem and needs to close (send report or don't send). The following is the abbreviated information listed in the report:

EXE NAME="SYSTEM INFO" FILTER="GRABMI_FILTER_SYSTEM" MATCHING_FILE NAME="advapi32.dll" SIZE="616960" FILE_DESCRIPTION="Advanced Windows 32 Base API"

MATCHING_FILE NAME="gdi32.dll" SIZE="278016" ORIGINAL_FILENAME="gdi32" INTERNAL_NAME="gdi32"

MATCHING_FILE NAME="kernel32.dll" SIZE="983552" FILE_DESCRIPTION="Windows NT BASE API Client DLL"

MATCHING_FILE NAME="ntdll.dll" SIZE="708096" ORIGINAL_FILENAME="ntdll.dll" INTERNAL_NAME="ntdll.dll"

MATCHING_FILE NAME="ole32.dll" SIZE="1285120" ORIGINAL_FILENAME="OLE32.DLL" INTERNAL_NAME="OLE32.DLL"

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Answer:Explorer.exe crashes when right clicking on local hard drives

Well, I gave up trying to find the problem and used the Windows XP Restore function and picked a date well before the problem began and bingo, problem solved!!!

Thanks,

Rick
 

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Gday

I have emailed Paragon and am awaiting there reply, but you guys seem to know a lot more and try and solve the problem

Up to this point I have used either Acronis or Paragon for my backups, I prefer Paragon over Acronis, mainly because the restore by Paragon is far quicker.

I have both bootable CD's, but in this instance I would like to concentrate on Paragon.

I downloaded Paragon's Advanced Recovery CD. 2009 Build 6730. Put it in my rom and booted ....... looked at a black screen for 10 minutes. Removed it and rebooted, it got stuck at the loading of Vista, then I got another black screen no hard drive movement.

Rebooted again, this time with the regular Paragon bootable CD. It booted into the recovery console.

Now this is where things go from bad to worse. I tried finding my OS, after a lengthy period I received an error disk 2 i/o fault!!! ....... no operating system found.

Now disk 2 is my external hard drive where my backups are kept.

So I rebooted with the CD in, went into the recovery console and clicked on "safe restore", after playing the waiting game I get a message disk 2 i/o fault!!!.

Took out the Paragon CD, put in the Vista one, tried a repair, but there was no OS to repair .

So I installed Vista, and because I didn't want to have to reinstall all of my programs again (yer lazy I know, but that's what backup's are for).

Checked with the fresh install, that my two external hard drives, had there drivers and were present. They were ... Read more

Answer:Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite & USB External Hard Drive

Anyone?

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hi there..

my name is Anis...i just bought external hard drive 500gb...but after I formatted it..it's just about 400++ gb can be used..i would like to know..how to use the extra/reserve space for my ext hard disk?by any means, i want to fully use my 500gb space for the external...please help me...thank you...
 

Answer:How to fully use the extra hard disk space for external hard drive?

It should have about 465GB, what are you seeing?

You will not have 500GB due to the conversion between binary and decimal for reporting sizes.
 

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Just got a WD elements external drive, 120GB. My father has two computers at his business, and he has not backed them up. A failure of one of the computers means he wouldn't be able to perform day-to-day operations, so a clone of the hard drives is vital.

So I did a little bit of googling, but there isn't one freeware solution that people recommend. I've partitioned it into two equally sized, 55GB partitions. The hard drives that are to be backed up are both 40GB. Anyone know which software is best for cloning the hard drive? I'm comfortable with using command line if need be.

Answer:Cloning multiple hard drives to one external hard drive?

For small single operations I use Clonezilla LiveCD. It's not command line based, but it is text user interface based, so it looks kind of old school. It works great, though.

If you want to get crazy and set up a dedicated box for this, FOG (Linux based, requires a Linux install and a stand-alone computer to act as a server) could do the trick too.

I'd start small with Clonezilla LiveCD and if you want something heavier duty, check out FOG. I use both almost daily. Both are free/open source as well.

As with anything else, do a ton of testing on a practice machine so you get the feel of it. It sounds like this data is critical, so don't use a production machine as your guinea pig to feel out the software.

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When I explore my D drive, I get an error report and I also get a Dr. Watson Postmortem Debugger message. I read the post and tried running DDS but got gobbledee gook. So I ran Hijack This.

Answer:Explorer on D drive crashes!

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.If you cannot run DDS - Please post a new HJT log.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.comDDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepa... Read more

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Hi all,

After almost losing most of my data I want to start a good back-up routine.

My computer has two internal 3TB hard-drives. I have ordered two external USB 3 3TB hard-drives.

I thinking about buying HDClone 'Standard Edition', but I want to make sure it's right for me before I buy.

I want it to be a completely exact copy.

Does HDClone clone 3TB hard-drives? (I saw that some software only clones hard-drives up to 1TB)

Do you think I should buy it?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Cloning two 3TB hard drive to two 3TB external hard drives

Remember that Cloning means the Target Drives are PRECISELY "the same OR larger" than the original drives. If the original drivers are 2,974,442 formatted and the Target drives are 2,974,308, you MAY have problems. It doesn't take a lot to be 'smaller', in other words.

Before I plan on software, I make sure the drives fit this important criteria.

I can test out some freebie stuff (Macrium Reflect is one example, or if I'm getting Seagates or WDs, they often include a clone-capable package themselves). I don't want to discourage buying good software - I find the best packages have extensive partitioning services, too - making smaller or larger partitions based on Actual Usage rather than some synthetic boundary.

We do a lot of cloning for Boot SSDs, and our practice is to buy two identical drives. Build one up, load all the software, let the user mess it for a few days, then clone it to the 'cold' identical unit. And then make the users switch that 2nd drive for actual usage. If there's a problem, then the original's intact.

Since your 3Tb drives probably aren't your boot drives but are 'just data drives', I wonder about the time spent cloning instead of "just copying what I want to save" directly.
 

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I bought a larger Gig USB external drive to copy all of my files onto in case of a problem with my windows XP Pro Drive and when I try to copy or paste it over to the external drive it gets to some files and says it can not copy because they are in use and nothing is running at the time I am trying to copy everything off my computer to the external hard drive. Is there another way to do this without having to buy a program I can not afford to do on social security?

Answer:copy internal hard drive to external hard dri

What are you trying to copy, the entire HDD contents? What would be the point of that? You can't run Windows or any programs from the external drive using the copy/paste method & you can't copy windows files that are in use. If you want to create an entire backup of your system, there's plenty of free software available for just that purpose. We need an better explanation of what it is you want to do.

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So I have a user, with a network drive mapped as P: and when he opens My Computer and double-clicks the P drive it takes anywhere between 2 - 3 minutes to load. End users, being impatient, click on it to the point of it "not responding" and crashing explorer.
Thing of it is, I created a shortcut on his desktop to the location of the files where is P: drive maps to, and there is no delay when he uses the shortcut, just the network drive. So for the time being the shortcut will work as a bandage, but I'd like to know what the root problem is and how to permanently fix it.

Answer:Network drive crashes explorer

event log errors simply relating to explorer crashes? or are there other system/security/applicational errors?

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